Marcelo Pereira Surcin (born 1 February 1971), known as Marcelinho Carioca, is a Brazilian former professional footballer who played as an attacking midfielder. He was noted for his accuracy from free-kicks, having scored 80 free kick goals in official matches during his career, the most by any player, earning him the nickname "Pé-de-Anjo" (Angel Foot).
|Full name||Marcelo Pereira Surcin|
|Date of birth||1 February 1971|
|Place of birth||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|Height||1.67 m (5 ft 6 in)|
|2003||Vasco da Gama||18||(9)|
|2004||Vasco da Gama||1||(0)|
|2012||Corinthians (beach soccer)||4||(?)|
|*Club domestic league appearances and goals|
The most successful player ever to play for Corinthians, he has scored 206 goals in 420 matches from 1994 to 2001. He has collected more trophies with Corinthians than any other player in their history, a total of 8 championships including 1998 and 1999 Brazilian National Championships and the first edition of FIFA Club World Cup, in 2000. He scored 505 goals, in his entire career.
For all his club achievements, Marcelinho Carioca never succeeded in Brazil's national team and never played in a FIFA World Cup, making only three appearances for the national side between 1998 and 2001, and scoring two goals.
Marcelinho Carioca is also well known for his off-field antics, including frequent disputes with coaches (most famously with Vanderlei Luxemburgo), management, and teammates.
After winning 1990 Brazilian Cup, 1991 Rio de Janeiro State Championship and 1992 Brazilian National Championship as a Flamengo player, Marcelinho Carioca signed his first contract with Corinthians—who bought him from Flamengo for US$500.000,00 in December 1993. In mid-1997, after winning the Brazilian Cup (Copa do Brasil) and the São Paulo State Championship (Campeonato Paulista), he was sold to Valencia (ESP) for US$7,000,000 but unsuccessfully came back to Corinthians in the end of the year. Back to "Parque São Jorge" he was two times champion of the national championship (Campeonato Brasileiro, 98 and 99), one time state champion (2001), and raised the trophy of the first FIFA world club championship in 2000.
The second time he left the team seemed to be for good. After a few conflicts with teammates in mid-2001, he was accused of denigrating the clubs image, and left the squad. After training alone for some time in the club, he won in justice the opportunity to play for Santos FC, where he stayed for six months. In a legal dispute (for the 2001 incident), Corinthians won in first instance, obliging the player to pay R$9.000.000.
In February 2006, as part of a deal, he signed his third contract with Corinthians but only six months later, as of the arrival and request of manager Émerson Leão, Marcelinho Carioca was released. He was signed by Santo André the following year, where he stayed until 2009 winning promotion to Brazilian First Division in 2008 but being relegated the following year. He played a farewell match for Corinthians early in 2010 in a friendly against Huracán.
In 2012, he played four games for the Corinthians beach soccer team.
|Gamba Osaka||2002||J. League Division 1||21||3|
|Vasco da Gama||2003||Série A||18||9|
|Al-Nassr||2003–04||Saudi Premier League||12||6|
|Vasco da Gama||2004||Série A||1||0|
|Santo André||2007||Série B||8||0|
- Série A: 1998, 1999
- Copa do Brasil: 1995
- Campeonato Paulista: 1995, 1997, 1999, 2001
- FIFA Club World Cup: 2000
- "Marcelinho compara gol 500 a milésimo de Romário" (in Portuguese). esportes.terra.com.br. 28 May 2008. Archived from the original on 7 June 2011. Retrieved 25 May 2011.
- Marcelinho Carioca at National-Football-Teams.com
- Bola de Prata – Histórico, ESPN, 29 June 2017